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 pit pit

noun

  • () a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)  ( cavity, pit )
    a sizeable hole (usually in the ground)
     they dug a pit to bury the body
    they dug a pit to bury the body
  • a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it  ( colliery, pit )
    a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
  • lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers  ( orchestra pit, pit )
    lowered area in front of a stage where an orchestra accompanies the performers
  • a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate  ( pit, quarry, stone pit )
    a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate
     a British term for quarry' is stone pit'
    a British term for quarry' is stone pit'
  • a trap in the form of a concealed hole  ( pit, pitfall )
    a trap in the form of a concealed hole
  • (auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled  ( pit )
    (auto racing) an area at the side of a racetrack where the race cars are serviced and refueled
  • (commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on  ( pit )
    (commodity exchange) the part of the floor of a commodity exchange where trading in a particular commodity is carried on
  • an enclosure in which animals are made to fight  ( pit )
    an enclosure in which animals are made to fight
  • (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment  ( Hell, infernal region, Inferno, nether region, perdition, pit )
    (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment
     Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell
    Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell
     a demon from the depths of the pit
    a demon from the depths of the pit
     Hell is paved with good intentions
    Hell is paved with good intentions
  • the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed  ( endocarp, pit, stone )
    the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed
     you should remove the stones from prunes before cooking
    you should remove the stones from prunes before cooking
  • a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)  ( fossa, pit )
    a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
  • verb

  • () set into opposition or rivalry  ( match, play off, pit, oppose )
    set into opposition or rivalry
     let them match their best athletes against ours
    let them match their best athletes against ours
     pit a chess player against the Russian champion
    pit a chess player against the Russian champion
     He plays his two children off against each other
    He plays his two children off against each other
  • remove the pits from  ( pit, stone )
    remove the pits from
     pit plums and cherries
    pit plums and cherries
  • mark with a scar  ( pit, pock, scar, mark )
    mark with a scar
     The skin disease scarred his face permanently
    The skin disease scarred his face permanently